On Thursday 14 November in Paris, Energy Technologies Europe co-organises a session on flexible generation to discuss how Clean Energy Hubs can foster the energy transition.

Centralised power facilities will have to feature a mixture of technologies to drastically reduce CO2 emissions while meeting the market needs, thus playing a role in the future energy system. This will give birth to hybrid plants that incorporate wind or solar along with gas or other thermal technology together with elements of energy storage.

The Clean Energy Hubs concept takes this stage further and envisages a plant that can convert surplus electricity generated from renewable sources into synthetic fuels to be stored and used when needed, while being able to generate its own power when peaks demand it.

The session, organised by Energy Technologies Europe and POWERGEN Europe, will develop around two main topics: “Repurposing thermal power for energy systems dominated by renewables” and “Decarbonising other sectors trough sectoral integration” with the presentations of innovative projects (MAGNUM power plant; ReFLEX; Dolphyn; FReSCoal and more) and two panel discussions moderated by the Secretary-General of Energy Technologies Europe Patrick Clerens.

"Learn here where European power generation is going. It will involve energy storage, a stronger link with industry and other sectors, and a wider range of products and services that the future power plant will provide. Come to this session to learn how existing assets are already being repurposed for a decarbonised and integrated future", Patrick Clerens declared.

Speakers include representatives of utilities, trade associations and EU-funded projects from all over Europe: Martin Pogoreutz, President of Energy Technologies Europe, Jens Reich, Director Energy Technologies of STEAG GmbH, Geert Laagland, Director of engineering in the projects department of Business Area Heat at Vattenfall, Olivier Wragg, Commercial Director of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) who will represent the ReFLEX Project, Kevin Kinsella, Project Director of Dolphyn Project at ERM,  Rafael Eduardo Guedez Mata from KTH and FReSCoal-EHTES project coordinator, and Mateusz Wronski, Head of Product Development at Aurora Energy Research.

The session “Hybrid Power Plants & Clean Energy Hubs” will take place within the Distributed Generation Hub Session framework on Thursday 14 November from 10:00 to 13:00. The 2019 edition of POWERGEN Europe is co-located with the European Utility Week at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from 12 to 14 November 2019.

Further details on the session are available on the official website of POWERGEN Europe: bit.ly/2YL2GZy